Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard 2.5 got wear tested
Prior to release, the new suede-studded Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard 2.5 was previewed by the brand asking fans to wear test the latest iteration of the unique shoe ― but nobody pushed it harder than Tom Sachs himself.
The Mars Yard 2.5 Wear Test campaign is part of the brand collab's NIKECRAFT initiative, which explores and scrutinizes products to optimize builds for the highest performance and durability ― furthering their goal of making more sustainable products that can be "worn to death." Involving their community, NIKECRAFT asked users to put the pair through tumultuous wear and record their experience and feedback.
Users pushed the pair hard, but turns out that an expertly crafted build coated in premium suede is difficult to damage with average wear and tear. Those who were chosen to test the pair took them thru long runs in the rain, lengthy urban commutes, and even muddy rural scenes ― with the shoes ultimately holding up impressively thanks to the heavily used durable suede. Of course, NIKECRAFT conducted their own next-level tests, including Sachs himself taking the pair on a treadmill run will being bombarded with nails, hammers, cement blocks and more ― prior to blasting the pair directly with blunt force, fire, and water. Talk about "built to last".
“With this particular challenge, we are engaging people to really think about this shoe and bring different perspectives, both culturally and environmentally,” said Sachs. “This is an opportunity to invite a larger audience to really indulge in our favorite part of the process — learning about things and making stuff. The process is the most valuable thing, and if the end result is a great pair of shoes, that’s fantastic. But I think it's really important that the testing process celebrates the journey.”
The design itself arrives in Tom's previously displayed signature arrangement of tan and red suede, with a few bold tweaks setting the new pair apart ― including start black rubber toe caps and outsoles, and a translucent upper finished with significantly lighter suede overlays from previous iterations.
The limited edition launch has yet to be announced, but with "built to last" power like this we got our eyes out for the drop.
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